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Gardening: The Untold Story

Having a blog means you can share lovely photos of your garden.

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But that, of course, is not the whole story!  Oh, no!  Gardening is a process. . . and sometimes it is not so lovely.  Sometimes it looks like THIS:

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Same peony bush.  Blooms are mummified from too much rain. . .

Or this:

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Where have all the roses gone?

Or this:

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My ligularia is suffering from my Pest of the Summer - the Fourlined Plant Bug (especially notorious when spring weather is wet and cool. . .). 

Pretty ugly stuff, huh?  Yesterday I spent the (very hot) afternoon in my garden.  Deadheading.  Spraying insecticidal soap.  Weeding.

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The payoff?  Healthy plants.  More blooms to come!

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Ahhhhh.  Much better!

PS -- Although you can buy insecticidal soap relatively cheaply at gardening stores, it's easy to mix your own -- especially if you are suffering a large infestation.  Just mix 1-2 Tablespoons of liquid SOAP (not detergent; I use Ivory) with 1 quart of water.  Then transfer this mixture to a clean spray bottle, and go to it!



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margene

At least you know what to do to put the garden back into good shape. Can't wait to see the payoff!

Carmela

Your peony is gorgeous.....how frustrating to lose such beautiful blooms to the rain. We've had the same thing in the northeast and my beautiful hanging begonia is just rotting off from the excess water. But I have every confidence you'll whip that garden back into shape!!

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